Mesut Ozil.

“When I say this I don’t say it lightly but Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is the most overrated player in the Premier League.’’

This stands out as the most careless statement I have heard from a former player in the 2016-2017 English Premier League season.

And as if that is not enough, Jason Cundy, a former Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs defender goes ahead with his disliking of the German by claiming that his goal against “Bulgarian farmers” Ludogorets was over-hyped.

It’s a shame, but not a surprising one though, for Cundy to express his sentiments in front of a camera and move on as if he cares nothing.

To Cundy and the many other Candys out there, Numbers never lie. And in this case Mesut Ozil’s numbers don’t lie.

Mesut Ozil’s numbers during his Real Madrid successful spells, with the Germany national team Die Mannschaft and with his current club Arsenal have represented a consistent stream of success from the playmaker.

In the 2009-2010 season, plying his trade with Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, Özil registered 9 goals and 17 assists in 31 league appearances, a statistic that led to him being named the best player at his club in his second season after signing for them the previous season.

In 2010–11, Özil ranked first in assists in major European and domestic competitions with 25 before also ranking first in assists in La Liga with 17 the following year and making it into the FIFA Ballon d’Or shortlist. In the same year, due to his exploits with Germany and Real Madrid, Mesut Ozil was nominated for the Europe’s best player award, coming out tenth, earning him the reputation as the youngest player into the top 10.

Fast forward two years or so, the ‘No. 10’ switched allegiance to EPL side Arsenal ahead of the 2013-2014 season commanding much psyche amongst the North London club fans who were optimistic that their record signing and highest paid player would add a lot of creativity in the final third.

The 28 year old recorded a healthy 13 assists and 7 goals in his maiden season under Arsene Wenger, a stat that would not be bettered by his 5 goals and seven assists the following season.

Last season (2015-2016) was arguably Ozil’s best season in an Arsenal shirt, scoring eight goals and a record 20 assists, helping him win Arsenal Player of the Season Award.

This season is even a different chapter with the player opening up his other beast side of goal scoring, an area his manager Arsene Wenger has always wanted him to improve on, already having seven goals to his name.

That is Mesut Ozil, the Arsenal player. Mesut Ozil, the German will even represent a more complete player in the playmaker, having the FIFA 2010 World Cup on his name as a major milestone with his national team.

For a former player who made just over 140 appearances during a 14-year professional career with more than seven different clubs and no senior team appearance to his name to disregard a player of Mesut Ozil’s calibre is a joke in a comedy film.

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London.

‘’He was the player who best knew my moves in front of goal … I’m angry about Özil leaving,” was Cristiano Ronaldo’s statement when Ozil left Real Madrid for Arsenal.

“Mesut is a phenomenal player, one of these players that you buy to complete the puzzle of your team. You don’t need time with him, you need nothing. The player just arrives. His quality and his maturity and his leadership … you put him in and you know automatically your team becomes better.’’ Current Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho once said of the player.

Bringing up an argument that Mesut Ozil is overrated is a lie, unless you are a genius as compared to Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best player in the world, Man U’s Mourinho and even Arsenal and the German national team managers who swallowed their pride to praise the ever exciting German.

Failing to hail Ozil’s goal against Ludogorets in the UEFA Champions League is either mere selfishness or jealousy or a despise to the Bulgarian outfit who are in the tournament out of merit. They deserve their respect.

But all the same Cundy is forgiven. As a Chelsea TV presenter, how is he expected to ‘flourish’ unless he says what he said? No wonder he even went ahead to claim that Ozil would not get “anywhere near” Chelsea’s squad.


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